128 pages | 64 B/W Illus.
Fingerprint analysis may be performed as part of many jobs, including crime scene technician, latent print examiner, criminalist, latent print technician, forensic specialist, and forensic scientist. Regardless of one’s specific discipline, a background knowledge of scientific practices in handling and analyzing fingerprint evidence is critical for success. The best way to comprehend the principles and concepts of any science learned in a classroom is to perform experiments.
The exercises in Fingerprint Analysis Laboratory Workbook address all aspects of fingerprint theory, investigation, processing, comparisons, and research. Designed specifically to parallel the Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis textbook, the laboratory exercises correspond with the textbook chapters, with each exercise in the lab chapter putting into practice the concepts covered in the text chapter. Each lab follows the same format, starting with the objectives of the experiment and background information needed before performing the experiment. This is followed by a list of required materials, the lab exercises, and post-lab questions for students to test their assimilation of what they’ve learned.
Many of the laboratory exercises may be completed either at home or in a laboratory setting.Exercises and photographs enhance the text, making it an ideal hands-on learning tool.
Lab 1. Introduction: Class and Individual Characteristics
Lab 2. History: Historical Figures and Anthropometry
Lab 3. Physiology and Embryology
Lab 4. Fingerprint Patterns and Classification
Lab 5. Known Fingerprints
Lab 6. The Nature of Latent Fingerprints
Lab 7. Biometrics: Livescan and AFIS
Lab 8. Introduction to Processing Methods
Lab 9. Forensic Light Sources
Lab 10. Physical Processing Methods
Lab 11. Chemical Processing Methods: Porous Substrates
Lab 12. Chemical Processing Methods: Nonporous Substrates
Lab 13. Chemical Processing Methods: Other Substrates and Matrices
Lab 14. Documentation
Lab 15. Crime Scene Processing
Lab 16. Fingerprint Comparisons
Lab 17. Palm Print Comparisons
Lab 18. Courtroom Testimony